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S. Carolina House overwhelmingly approves new district maps

Dec. 02, 2021 14:59 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House overwhelmingly approved its new districts Thursday that appear to maintain Republican dominance in the chamber and protect many, but not all, incumbents. The 96-14 vote likely locks in the maps, because the Senate...

'Halftime Game' commercial features 2 HBCU marching bands

Dec. 02, 2021 14:34 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Marching bands from two historically Black universities are being featured in a new PepsiCo TV commercial that airs for the first time this weekend. Jackson State University's Sonic Boom of the South and Florida A&M University's Marching 100...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Ball for 1st Black St. Pete mayor canceled over circus theme

Dec. 02, 2021 11:12 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A ball planned for the first Black mayor of a major Florida city has been canceled amid concerns its circus theme was inappropriate in the once-segregated city. The Junior League of St. Petersburg, which has thrown such balls since 2006,...

Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

Dec. 02, 2021 09:04 AM EST

A law school in South Florida will announce on Thursday the creation of a social justice center named after Ben Crump, the Black civil rights attorney who has gained national notoriety representing victims of police brutality and vigilante violence. The Benjamin L. Crump...

Ex-manager at security company files discrimination lawsuit

Dec. 02, 2021 08:26 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former manager at a North Carolina-based security company says in a lawsuit that she was fired because of her race and for raising concerns about what she said was a culture of racism. The 18-page lawsuit was filed last week in Superior Court in...

AP source: Notre Dame set to promote Freeman to head coach

Dec. 01, 2021 23:27 PM EST

Notre Dame is working on a deal to promote defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman to head coach to replace Brian Kelly, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because nothing had been...

Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity

Dec. 01, 2021 20:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled his new HIV/AIDS strategy to end the more than 40-year-old epidemic, calling for a renewed focus on vulnerable Americans — including gay and bisexual Black and Latino men, who his administration says are too often stigmatized...

Hate crime trial of former NJ police chief ends in mistrial

Dec. 01, 2021 18:53 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A retrial in the hate-crime case against a former New Jersey police chief ended without a verdict Wednesday. A federal judge declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a verdict in the trial of Frank Nucera, the former police chief of...

Police shooting raises questions over Black man's gun rights

Dec. 01, 2021 17:45 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Leaders in the Black community of Virginia Beach called Wednesday for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Black man, saying his right to carry a gun for protection was ignored during a night of violence earlier this year on the city's...